|🕛 1 May 2019||🗀 Public Holiday|
Labour Day, also known as May Day or International Worker’s Day is most commonly associated as a commemoration of the achievements of the labour movement in the US.
Labor Day 2019
The date 1 May is used because the American Federation of Organized Trades and Labor Unions in the US demanded an eight-hour workday to come in effect as of 1 May 1886.
1 May is celebrated in most countries around the world as Labour Day. In the UK the bank holiday is not fixed at May 1st, instead, it is observed on the first Monday of May.
During Roman times, 1 May was seen as a key period to celebrate fertility and the arrival of spring.
Labour Day Customs in Europe
In England, the May Day celebrations include crowning a May Queen and dancing around a Maypole; festivities which made it the popular seasonal celebration in medieval England.
In Sweden Mayday is also a Christian celebration – the Mass of Saint Walburga or Walpurgis Night is celebrated on the evening of 30 April.
In Germany, Labour Day was established as an official holiday in 1933 after the NSDAP rose to power. It was supposed to symbolize the newfound unity between the state and the working classes.
In Italy, a main May Day celebration is the annual Concerto del Primo Maggio which takes place in Rome and is attended by more than half a million people.
In France, Labour Day is a public holiday to campaign for and celebrate workers rights. It is also an occasion to present lily-of-the-valley or dog rose flowers to loved ones.
In Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Serbia, and Macedonia the Labour Day is often celebrated with friends and family. It is a popular day for recreation and traditional roast lamb meals at picnics.
1 May is not celebrated as a national holiday in the Netherlands. There is not a strong tradition in the Netherlands to celebrate 1 May.
Labour Day in European Languages
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|🇳🇴 Arbeidernes dag||cz Svátek práce||🇩🇰 Arbejdernes kampdag||🇳🇱 feest van de Arbeid|
|🇫🇮 Vappu||🇭🇺 A munka ünnepe||🇸🇮 Praznik dela||🇧🇦 Praznik Rada|
|🇸🇪 Första maj||🇭🇷 Praznik Rada||🇵🇱 Święto Pracy||🇷🇴 Ziua Muncii|
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